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Tibetan Exiles Frustrated with China Talks བོད་སྐད།

Envoys of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are expressing frustration with the lack of progress in their talks with China.

One of the envoys briefed the media in India Sunday on the latest round of talks held in Beijing earlier this month.

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari said the talks had confirmed the failure of the Chinese government to seriously respond to the Tibetan movement's desire for autonomy.

China has said the talks made no progress.

Gyari and hundreds of other Tibetans from around the world are in Dharmsala for a conference that could redefine their struggle to win autonomy for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama called the six-day meeting that begins Monday. However, he will not attend what will be the movement's largest political conference in nearly 60 years.

Members of Tibet's government-in-exile plan to debate whether they want to continue negotiations for autonomy with China, as the Dalai Lama has promoted, or take more radical measures such as supporting independence.

The speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, Karma Chophel, tells VOA News his compatriots will look at fresh approaches towards China, but armed struggle is not an option.

China took control of Tibet in 1949. Ten years later, the Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese communist rule.